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UAS professor earns book award JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor of English Ernestine Hayes is a winner of the 28th annual American Book Awards for 2007 for "Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir." Past winners include such well-known writers as Russell Banks, Gerald Vizenor and José Antonio Burciaga.

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Museum design wins national architecture award The University of Alaska Museum of the North continues to garner national and international acclaim for its architectural design. Last month, the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

Crimes of the Week! January 26-February 3

Breakdown of the shady happenings around UAA campus between 1.26.12 and 2.03.12. Over 22 calls were investigated in the span of one week. Wondering...

Tree thinning project gets stimulus money

A very expensive tree-thinning project in the Tongass National Forest is receiving more than a half-million dollars in federal stimulus money. It will cost $2,800 to thin each acre of the 238-acre Ocean Boulevard project in southeast Alaska. That's nearly three times as much as some other tree-thinning projects.

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UAF plans new institute FAIRBANKS - UAF announced the creation of the Susan Butcher Institute, dedicated to cultivating public service and leadership skills for Alaska's residents. The institute will provide Alaskans with opportunities to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, through a wide variety of workshops and seminars.

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Chancellor apologizes on university's behalf The university is asking students, staff and faculty to forget a report it issued naming a student in an investigation of an alleged crime. "I respectfully request that the UAA campus disregard recent publicity about the citation," said Chancellor Fran Ulmer in a prepared statement Oct.

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Canadian biologist at UAS launches whale research JUNEAU - Whale biologist Jim Darling from British Columbia, Canada, visited Juneau in mid-September to help launch a new humpback whale research project with UAS biology students. Students will work with Darling and UAS Biology Faculty Beth Mathews to determine which whales spend time in Alaska and Hawaii.

The Edge Update: Offshore drilling, Trump cabinet appointments and seasonal Zika

The Obama administration has cancelled Arctic offshore lease sales through 2022. On Friday, the Department of the Interior released a plan for offshore...

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Mitchell promoted to assistant dean of Honors College The University Honors College has announced that Marian Mitchell has been promoted to assistant dean of the College. In her new role, Mitchell's expanded portfolio includes advising, assessment and curricular affairs, and finance and budget, said Ronald Spatz, dean of the University Honors College.

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Kenai college heads Web classes KENAI - What do two soldiers serving in Iraq, a young Alaskan woman visiting Germany and residents from Kodiak, Emmonak, Nome, Aniak, Juneau, Sitka and several North Slope and Cook Inlet platform employees have in common? They have all taken KPC's online chemistry class co-taught by adjunct professors Bob Amundson and Susan Mircovich and KPC full-time professor Andy Veh.

Grand Opening of the Fireside Cafe

Chancellor Fran Ulmer cuts the ribbon at the unveiling of the name of the Amenities Building Coffee Shop September 15. The winning entry was...

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BP becomes museum's newest corporate partner FAIRBANKS - BP recently became the University of Alaska Museum of the North's newest corporate partner with a $25,000 donation to the museum. The North Slope producer will serve as the lead partner for the museum's annual open house.

Nationwide Briefs

Calif. gay-marriage ban creates legal uncertainty Last week Californians passed a new ban on gay marriage, overturning a prior ruling by the California Supreme Court that allowed same-sex couples the right to wed. Legal experts said it is unclear whether an attempt by gay-rights activists to overturn the prohibition had any chance of success, and whether the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in California over the past four months are in any danger.

The Edge Update: Alaska megaproject, cyber warfare against North Korea, French election and the...

The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA's college radio station.Local:Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is asking the...

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Solar design and homebuilding workshops target energy costs Upcoming workshops offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer ideas and techniques to help residents lower their home energy bills. Learn how to tap into the sun's energy at a solar design workshop offered Saturday by Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert.

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Brooks' hearing postponed Following the arrest of former USUAA vice president Justice Brooks, his pre-indictment hearing continued on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Anchorage Courthouse. No plea is held at the first appearance. At the pre-indictment hearing, issues regarding charges are resolved and the judge reviews evidence to make sure there is enough evidence to warrant the charges.

Passport to be required to enter Canada

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's office is reminding Alaskans that they'll need a passport or other approved documentation to cross the international border to Canada, starting June 1. The change stems from a 2004 law requiring U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to present such documents when entering the United States by land or sea.

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Former CAS Dean dies Dr. Wayne C. Miller, Dean for the UAA College of Arts and Sciences (cas) from 1990-1996, died this past week in Tampa, where he lived. Dr. Miller was 67 and had been an advocate of liberal arts and sciences education - helping to raise millions of dollars through faculty grants and research contracts from corporations and foundations.

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UAF teams raise $37,000 for healthy hearts FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks teams, led by Judy Jones and Marianne Freelong, strode past their goal and raised more than $37,000 for the American Heart Association Saturday during the 2008 Fairbanks Heart Walk.

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Prop 8 protests rage on In Sacramento, Calif., the largest crowd yet gathered at the State Capitol for the fi fth day in a row protesting the recent rulings of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 has brought together over 5,000 activists who have gathered in front of the Capitol to protest the rulings and to voice their anger for the ruling.

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UAA's CTC announces associate dean UAA Community and Technical College announced the appointment of Kristin Owens to the position of associate dean and term assistant professor. Kristin will officially start May 30. She will work during June with the interim associate dean, Sandra Cobb, for a smooth leadership transition.

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USUAA vice president Student government vice president Bahnaaz Irani announced her decision to resign from her position at a recent USUAA meeting. Irani will be graduating in December, and will no longer be able to carry out the duties of vice president in the upcoming spring semester.

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Oil companies give $7 million to UA BP and ConocoPhillips announced a donation of $7 million to UA President Mark Hamilton at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. BP and ConocoPhillips have donated $29.5 million of charter-agreement gifts since 2000.

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Professor gets $225,000 to study frog brains Biology professor Jocelyn Krebs was recently awarded a $225,000 three-year research grant titled, "Role of the Williams Syndrome Transcription Factor in Xenopus neural development." Patients with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, have characteristic "elfin" features, overly social personalities, learning deficits and visual-spatial impairments.

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The UAA Student Union Gallery is accepting proposals for three small group or individual artist shows this summer. Summer gallery show dates are June 19-July 3, July 10-July 24 and July 31-Aug. 14. Applications can be picked up in the Campus Life Office in Student Union Room 208, or downloaded.

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Report finds governor abused power In a report released Friday by prosecutor Steve Branchflower, Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power by pushing for the firing of state trooper, Michael Wooten. Wooten is the ex-husband to Palin's sister. Subsequently, the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan was fired after several attempts to stonewall him into dismissing Wooten.

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USUAA releases initiatives The Union of Students UAA recently passed a resolution to ask professors to help keep the cost of textbooks down. According to a report signed by student government president John Roberson III, he met with the Faculty Senate executive board to share ideas on how students and faculty can work together on textbook pricing.

Briefs: March 18-24

Briefs for the week of March 18-24 include: Police ID 2 Anchorage officers in shooting, Body found in Alaska not missing barista, Documents show NYPD infiltrated liberal groups, and French spymaster: Gunman didn't plan school attack.

The Edge Update: Mike Kelly, Russian hacking and South Korean impeachment

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, former Republican state representative Mike Kelly of Fairbanks died in a plane crash in Fort Wainright. Kelly was flying a...

Local and Statewide campus news briefs

Fossils, climate change and HIV/AIDS research are all making news at Alaska's universities.